August Recess agenda: Alabama U.S. Senator Richard Shelby

It’s August, and that means the Alabama Delegation has put business on hold in Washington, D.C. until after Labor Day and members have made their way back to the Yellowhammer state for August Recess. This year’s recess is an unprecedented seven-weeks, with Congress taking additional time off to attend the presidential conventions.
While “recess” may sound like a vacation, it’s actually a block of time designed to give members of Congress an opportunity to get back home for more than a week or weekend and reconnect with the constituents they represent.
Alabama U.S. Senator Richard Shelby is making the most of his time this August, staying busy across the Yellowhammer State.
Richard Shelby and JDRF advocates

Sen. Shelby with JDRF advocates at the country’s first Promise to Remember Me Campaign Meeting. [Photo courtesy of JDRF Alabama Chapter]

He began his time away from D.C. in his Tuscaloosa office. There he held office hours and took time to meet with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Alabama chapter, where he renewed his commitment to supporting  critical funding for juvenile diabetes research.
Over this past weekend, Shelby attended the Business Council of Alabama’s 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference in Point Clear. There, he had the opportunity to connect with fellow lawmakers, business leaders and governmental affairs professionals to discuss politics and policy.

While he may be away from Washington, Shelby has not stopped working on policy issues that impact his constituents.

At the end of last month, he joined Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson in calling on President Barack Obama “to reverse his dangerous restrictions on the Section 1033 program.” The program, which transferred surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies, was valuable to local law enforcement during the terrorist attacks in Orlando and San Bernardino and according to Shelby could be the key to protecting Americans and police from future attacks.

He’s also publicly questioned the recent news that the Obama Administration secretly sent $400 million dollars to Iran in an unmarked cargo plane at the same time four American hostages were released earlier this year.

Shelby’s staff also has a busy schedule this recess. Three members of his team will be attending the 19th Annual Space & Missile Defense Symposium — the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community — in Huntsville next week. There they will network and collect valuable information on programs and policies that impact the aerospace industry on behalf of the Senator.


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